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- 1 We make it easier and faster to do DOT physicals— for commercial drivers and other safety-sensitive employees.
- 2 Questions about DOT physicals? Call us and we'll be able to help
Need a DOT Physical? - Call Us For An Appointment Today
If you are an employee who is designated as "safety-sensitive" for the Department of Transportation (DOT) - meaning your job can impact both their own safety and the safety of the public - you are required to have a regular physical to be compliant and keep working.
A DOT physical has guidelines mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), ensuring that commercial drivers and other safety-sensitive employees are in good health to work safely. CLICK HERE TO MAKE APPOINTMENT
What You Need To Bring To Your DOT Physical
DOT physicals can sometimes seem overwhelming because of the strict guidelines. Meridian is here to help simplify the process. Follow the instructions below for a brief overview of what you should bring to the exam and what to expect once you get here.
Commercial drivers need to bring a complete list of their medications, including the dosage regimen, dosages, and their doctors’ names and addresses. This will save time and if you are able to complete all your paperwork before coming into the office, that will expedite your time in our office.
Bring appropriate documentation for your health conditions in order to help be as smooth as possible in your visit.
- Drivers with vision or hearing problems must bring their eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids
- Drivers with diabetes must bring the most recent lab results from their Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and their blood sugar logs
- Drivers with heart-related issues must, at minimum, bring a letter from their cardiologist that outlines their medical history and current medications, and indicates that they are safe to work
- Drivers with any conditions you may have with your medication list and medical paperwork for proper documentation
What the DOT Physical Covers
Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.
Drivers must be able to recognize what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5 feet or less, with or without a hearing aid.
Blood Pressure & Pulse Rate
Our staff will check the driver's blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and/or drug use.
The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:
- General appearance
- Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
- Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
- Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
- Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
- Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
- Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
- Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
- Genito-urinary (hernias)
- Extremities (limb impaired)
- Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
- Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)
A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.
DOT Physical Forms -- Please FILL Out Before Coming In For Your Appointment
There are several forms associated with DOT physicals.
Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875
The MER contains the driver’s information and health history, as well as the findings of the medical examiner during the DOT exam. Please have this form filled out when you come in. Thank you.
Insulin-treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment, MCSA-5870
Commercial drivers with insulin-treated diabetes must have this form completed by their treating clinicians no more than 45 days prior to examination by a certified medical examiner (CME). A Medical Examiner’s Certificate can’t be issued to the driver without this form.